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Have you seen Charles Elmer Carpenter?

August 15, 1997

Correctional officials have released a picture of Charles Elmer Carpenter that was taken three years ago, hoping it will help locate the convicted murderer missing from prison since Sunday.

Fifteen years ago, Carpenter, now 32, was convicted of murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in Clear Spring. He failed to return Sunday night to the Patuxent Institution Re-Entry Facility in Baltimore.

There have been unconfirmed reports that he was seen at a convenience store in Williamsport as early as Monday morning and again on Tuesday.

Maryland State Police and Washington County sheriff's deputies searched the area but found no sign of Carpenter, authorities said.

Then late Tuesday, a resident of Harpers Ferry Road called deputies to report a man appeared at his door asking for money - a man who matched Carpenter's description.

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But when deputies arrived, no one was found.

A resident of Comanche Drive called police Wednesday afternoon to report a suspicious man in the neighborhood going up to doors of homes.

Again no one was found.

At age 15, Carpenter used a shotgun at close range to kill Vada Viola Carpenter, his grandmother with whom he lived. His case later was sent to adult court, where he confessed to the killing and was sentenced to life in prison.

Eligible for parole since 1993, Carpenter is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds with a medium build, medium complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

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